Definition of hit in English:
verb (hits, hitting, hit)[with object]
- The feel of his boot hitting my side brought pain.
- She let her gaze rest on the slipper for a moment, then brought it forward and hit it on her head.
- And if you encounter any Mizaya, remember that the only way you can kill them with your weapons is by hitting them in the eyes.
- Trinity gasped as she sat up, her side hurt from hitting herself in her sleep.
- I managed to swerve and avoid hitting them but I grazed the bicycle and we all fell.
- It was so dark out in the halls that he did not see the door and wound up hitting his head against it.
- It is believed he was hit by a car and fell backwards, suffering serious head injuries which led to his death 10 days later.
- The sound of a toolbox hitting the ground brought her head back around.
- The feel of his arm around me as he made sure my feet hit the ground brought me back to a time I missed.
- Thank you to everyone who hit the Laptop Fund Paypal button in the past two weeks.
- He pulled out two dollars and put it in the machine before hitting the Mountain Dew button.
- He hit the gate control button and the gate lifted, allowing for the van to pass through.
- I believe the charging regime is hitting local York businesses hard, and have never seen Micklegate so quiet as it has been in recent weeks.
- News that the property was to be demolished and redeveloped came as a relief to businesses which had been hit by the closure.
- Clearly, the downward turn in the business cycle is hitting Germany hard.
- The next stop was Seenigama, a small fishing village that was severely hit by the disaster.
- But on the afternoon of their Edinburgh debut, their show was hit by disaster.
- What's the pattern of response from government, when disaster hits?
- Police in Swindon have hit back at criticism over rising burglary rates.
- However, staff have hit back at the criticism saying the pub's business was being affected.
- Traffic chiefs have hit back at criticism that they are using speed cameras to make money, rather than save lives.
- Mr Sykes, 52, an epileptic, was nearly hit by the missiles and later suffered a minor fit he blames on the attack.
- It had not been hit by a missile either, nor had there been an onboard fire.
- The missiles hit the target with a force the size of the planet they were orbiting.
- Suddenly the realization hits Jake like a ton of bricks - his old nemesis is back to settle one final score.
- The realization suddenly hit Sahara like a train crashing through a farm house.
- Realization hit Alsan like a blow as the brigand walked over to the twins' open coffin.
- Zimbabwe faces its fourth straight year of falling growth, while inflation is likely to hit triple figures.
- The advent of the free Metro newspapers in the main cities is likely to hit these figures even more.
- Consumer optimism continues to rise, hitting its highest level since November 2001.
- A group were handing out leaflets at the weekend in part of Oldham, hit by recent race riots, when police moved in.
- The management committee at the St Michael's Centre is understood to have been hit by a massive rent increase.
- Others report that some of BT's websites have also been hit by the snag.
- On Wednesday it's East London's turn and on Thursday the show hits Port Elizabeth.
- However, he was slightly upstaged by the huge cheer that greeted the first shaft of sunlight to hit Centre Court.
- The McDonald's travelling caravan hits Montreal this Friday night at the Maurice Richard arena.
- He is finding it more and more difficult to walk as the effects of kidney failure hit.
- Well, that triple dose of antihistamines really hit me on the way home from work last night.
- I said slowly as I began to feel the first drink hitting me.
- So after a late lunch at Belgo's, with Ken coming along for a drink, we finally hit Borders.
- They were hitting this store as quickly as they could to look for those items that they saw advertised.
- She, Elaina and Lauren had stayed out all night, hitting all the parties on the campus.
- Under pressure to hit it quickly, the midfielder boomed his shot high over the crossbar.
- But Kitna quieted them quickly, hitting his first two passes for 25 yards.
- Mealey has a knack for hitting the hole quickly and bouncing off defenders.
- Most nights, Kent would decline to shake hands when returning to the dugout after scoring a run or hitting a home run.
- Peter Allen hits a home run off of Carol Channing, scoring two runs.
- So, if you hit a home run you get one because you have scored.
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- He looked up, familiarity striking him like a hit to the head with a blunt object.
- Instead of a quick hit or slap, we now saw and heard a sustained series of blows.
- I'd felt several different hits when the horse knocked me down but hadn't really assessed the damage yet.
- He had been offered $50,000 to carry out the hit, and was jailed for life for the contract killing.
- Mr Hale claims he has also received underworld information which points to the murder being a professional hit.
- There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out the hits or its demands.
- In game two, pitcher Alisha Seifert '05 scattered three hits leading to the complete-game shutout of the Knights.
- He threw only 21 of 42 pitches for strikes, allowed three hits and walked three.
- Greinke, who allowed just four hits and struck out five, left with a 1-lead.
- Results were impressive with the longest bomb only 50 ft away from the target and many direct hits.
- Two of the targets received direct hits from above, while the rest were sprayed by numerous fragments.
- The Gardai have scored some direct hits against the dealers in recent weeks.
- One of the articles gives the botanical name of St. John's wort; she searches on that term; this search results in eight hits.
- Also, there appears to be a strange priorization thing going on with hits during a search.
- And there are fewer than a hundred hits when searching for anything in the field.
- The Napster case must have increased the music service's hit rate.
- A few accolades for a well written, yet vitriolic post, a few extra hits, a few more readers.
- In fact, the contract with the advertiser may specify that payment is by results, measured by hits or clickthroughs.
- He is the man behind some of the biggest hits in the Malayalam film industry.
- This was followed, in the 1940s, by a succession of cartoon film hits: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi.
- So if I win for a role, and if the film is a big hit, I can share it with everybody.
- Not all your designs have been immediate hits.
- Immediate hits with both travelers and the industry, Web fares weren't even part of the airlines' original plan.
- Despite the aerodynamic challenges, the car ran very fast and was a big hit with the fans.
- One night he took a bong hit of a dried plant, and it nearly killed him.
- This can whack up the crime rate big time as people steel and commit offences to pay for the next hit.
- But if we start to legalese soft drugs then people will move onto a bigger hit and we will have a more violent society.
late Old English hittan (in the sense 'come upon, find'), from Old Norse hitta 'come upon, meet with', of unknown origin.
The earliest sense of hit, in the Old English period, was ‘to come upon, meet with, find’. Popular successes, first of all plays, and then songs, have been called hits since the beginning of the 19th century. In the 1990s the phrase to hit the ground running became something of a cliché. It seems to refer to soldiers disembarking rapidly from a helicopter, though no one has been able to trace it back to any particular conflict. Marksmanship and shooting are behind a number of phrases, including to hit the mark, ‘to be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess’ and hit-and-miss ‘done or occurring at random’, which is more understandable in its earlier form hit-or-miss (early 17th century).
- Done or occurring at random: picking a remedy can be a bit hit-and-missMore example sentences
- The best pics are the first ones I ever took, using a kids' easel, my old 35 mm SLR and hit-and-miss natural light out in the yard.
- Dessert in this part of town can be hit-and-miss.
- The novels are hit-and-miss affairs, but they have an unforgettable pungency.
- Denoting a person who causes accidental or wilful damage and escapes before being discovered, or damage caused in this way: he was struck by a hit-and-run driverMore example sentences
- Yet, like the authorities, the hit-and-run cyclist didn't care enough about Zhang to lift a finger to help him, and fled the accident site.
- A pensioner has branded a hit-and-run motorist who wrote off her mobility scooter as ‘horrible and mean’.
- The parents of a man struck down by a hit-and-run motorist have travelled to Swindon to be at their son's bedside.
hit someone below the belt Boxing
- Give one’s opponent an illegal low blow.Example sentences
- The bout turned nasty in the fourth, when Johnson - for the second time in the fight - hit Ruiz below the belt with a hard left hook.
- He described Dube as a ‘dirty’ boxer who was always hitting him below the belt and throwing punches after the bell.
- Then Machimane hit Nel below the belt and the fight was temporarily stopped to give the champion time to recover.
- 3.1Behave unfairly to someone, especially so as to gain an unfair advantage.Example sentences
- If all of them are forced to pay royalty for every song they sing, they will be hit below the belt.
- ‘Pattni appears to have hit Kenya below the belt at a time when the country was at its weakest,’ wrote the East African Standard.
- Carly is hurt by the comment and it hits her below the belt.
hit the bottle
- see bottle.
hit someone for six
- see six.Example sentences
- Luckily I was prepared but the shock of what had taken place hit me for six on the journey back to Taupo.
- Just another reminder of how something can suddenly hit you for six, emotionally, when you live abroad.
- It was obvious that the carbon monoxide had hit her for six, but now things were sliding out of control.
hit the ground running
- informal Start something and proceed at a fast pace with great enthusiasm.Example sentences
- While he did not trap that fast he certainly hit the ground running to scorch away from his opponents around the opening turn.
- Once again he hit the ground running and his early pace had him clear of his rivals before the bend.
- They hit the ground running and demonstrate leadership qualities at a faster rate.
hit the hay
- see hay1.
- see home.
hit it off
- informal Be naturally friendly or well suited.Example sentences
- He was glad his friends were hitting it off with Kelly, especially since the start of her day had been kinda rough.
- She met this guy Tim at a party of a mutual friend and seemed to hit it off.
- So they decided to bombard me with personal questions about my best friend, and we hit it off at once.
hit the jackpot
- see jackpot.
hit the mark
- Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess: her suggestion was a guess, but his reaction confirmed that it had hit the markMore example sentences
- It doesn't quite hit the mark, but the attempt is often engrossing.
- In addition, his attempts at sarcasm do not always hit the mark; some come off as confusing and inappropriate.
- Fewer than 150 schools across the whole country managed the same results with all 37 pupils at Sacred Heart hitting the mark.
hit the nail on the head
- Find exactly the right answer.Example sentences
- These guys seem to have a knack for hitting the nail on the head, and their newest creation is as short and sweet as they come.
- Mark Grahame hits the nail on the head with his comments about the new breed of ultra-loud fireworks.
- And the piece you sent me really hits the nail on the head.
- As likely to be unsuccessful as successful: most drugs on the market have been found by hit-or-miss methodsMore example sentences
haphazard, disorganized, undisciplined, erratic, unmethodical, uneven, careless, slapdash, slipshod, casual, offhand, remiss, cursory, lackadaisical, perfunctory, random, aimless, undirected, indiscriminate, trial-and-errorBritish informal all over the shop
- He said most intelligence-led drug raids were ‘very basic in nature, involving a hit-or-miss strategy.’
- It's just that your actions can be a little hit-or-miss.
- Mexican dining in Montreal is pretty hit-or-miss.
hit the right note
- see note.
hit the road (or North American trail)
hit the roof
- see roof.
hit the sack
- see sack1.
hit the spot
- see spot.
- Cricket The action of a batsman stepping on or knocking over their own wicket, resulting in their dismissal.Example sentences
- Which batsman has been hit wicket most often in Tests?
- Sodhi hit wicket b Madan 51 Attempted to cut off the back foot but went too far back and struck the stumps with his bat.
- Warne was out in remarkable circumstances, when he trod on his stumps and was out hit wicket for 42.
make a hit
- Be successful or popular: you made a big hit with their daughterMore example sentences
- ‘Calvin Klein's shared fragrance made a hit, and many clothes with the same design are worn by both men and women,’ Kan said.
- His credentials have great appeal among ACT voters, and the fact he has made a hit in the polls has also damaged ACT.
- Another British car import makes a hit with performances that are off the charts.
- Substitute ‘fire’ for ‘water’ in Robbins' hypothesis and we may be hitting upon a parallel discovery.
- Whether it was by chance or design Sam Allardyce has hit upon the strike force he has craved all season.
- They hit upon the idea of creating a rare type of red hair dye and offering it for sale in small quantities.
- If he persists, however, in hitting on you and continuing with the suggestive remarks, then, indeed, you have a harassment case.
- But in our keeping in touch that summer, he started hitting on me.
- My best friend's boyfriend keeps hitting on me and everyone thinks it's a joke!
- The State already hits you for €40 every year just for having a credit card.
- We hit you for 25 bucks (real world translation of the sales babble of $24.95) and 5 bucks to get it to you.
- Having already hit them for £5 billion, they want to take more.
hit someone up
- North American informal Contact someone, typically in order to ask them for something: every two seconds, somebody’s hitting us up, calling us or texting usMore example sentences
- Juliette has a little boy who's maybe seven and my little girl is 21 months so I hit her up for whatever advice she could give to a new father.
- Suddenly, they can have resources equal to an incumbent's without hitting up major donors.
- Most recently, she'd hit her parents up for $1,600 to fix her kids' teeth.
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